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JazzFest

General Info

General Info

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is an educational festival with year-round programming that culminates in a three-day summer music festival that takes place at Playhouse Square, located at 1501 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. Nearly 500 artists perform indoors and outdoors playing jazz and other genres. Indoor concerts are ticketed and feature world-class musicians in Playhouse Square's historic theaters. All outdoor entertainment is free.

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Buckner, Tri-C JazzFest stays true to its mission to:

  • Foster the history and nurture the future of jazz
  • Provide educational opportunities for students of all ages and in all walks of life
  • Bring world-class jazz to Cleveland

DownBeat Magazine describes the festival as offering "the type of diverse, top-tier talent typically found at a much larger festival, along with some adventurous programming that was spiced with compelling international flavors."

The Tri-C JazzFest educational component connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists. The inclusion of students and teachers ensures the future of the art form in Northeast Ohio. Outreach programming provides free cultural access to Cleveland’s underserved population.

In addition to the indoor and outdoor music during the festival weekend, Tri-C JazzFest also offers a talk tent to get to know artists, shopping, beer garden, street performers and games, Kids Club and much more, as part of the free outdoor component. Learn more about our history here.

The 43rd annual festival, presented by KeyBank, will return June 23-25 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Click here for more festival news.

Tri-C JazzFest partners with various Cleveland venues, including Playhouse Square, the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus, the Cleveland Museum of Art, BOP STOP at The Music Settlement and BLU Jazz+.

FAQs

What is the festival pass and how does it work?

The festival pass is $250 per person (valued at $450) and provides you a seat to all ticketed concerts, including an invitation to a fan party following the opening night concert. Early bird passes cost $200 before March 15. Buy a pass here.

Can I buy tickets for an individual performance?

Yes, you may purchase single tickets to any concert of your choice by calling 216-241-6000 or buying online at playhousesquare.org

What does it mean to become a JazzFest member?

Becoming a member means monetarily supporting the mission of Tri-C JazzFest. Membership provides you with a 20% discount on tickets and year-round opportunities for jazz concerts, master classes and special events presented by Tri-C JazzFest and Tri-C Performing Arts. Become a member today by calling 216-987-4444 or visit this page to donate online.

What are the box office hours?

To find the Playhouse Square box office hours of operation, you may call 216-241-6000, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For day-of sales, the box office opens one hour before the listed curtain time. The box office will be closed on April 15 for Good Friday, but purchases can still be made online.

Where is the box office to purchase tickets?

The Playhouse Square box office is located inside the KeyBank State Theatre lobby, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115. 

Are there ticket discounts for employees and students? 

Yes, employees and students receive a 15% discount on single tickets with valid proof of I.D.

What happens in the case of bad weather?

Outdoor activities will go on rain or shine unless there is lightning or heavy, dangerous wind. In that case, acts on the outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage will operate on a rain delay, resuming activities according to the schedule. For example, if lightning stops at 6 p.m., the outdoor music will resume with the 6 p.m. act. Indoor acts will go on rain or shine. 

Where do I park?

Festivalgoers have several options for parking on-site with the attached Playhouse Square garage and numerous parking garages and locations within walking distance of the festival location. Parking fees vary for garages and metered parking.

Are there places to eat at the festival?

Yes, JazzFest offers food trucks and vendors with various assortments of food and beverages for everyone. You can also check out the restaurants on the plaza and around the Playhouse Square District for numerous dining options.

How can I become a JazzFest vendor?

Applications to become a vendor at the 2022 festival are now closed, but inquires can be sent to Megan Anderson at megan.anderson@playhousesquare.org.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located in the lobbies of Playhouse Square as well as portable restrooms outdoors.

Are there ATMs near by?

Yes, festivalgoers will find ATM machines in Playhouse Square lobbies and at various loations outdoors on the U.S. Bank Plaza.

What hotels are near the festival?

JazzFest has partnerships with the Westin Hotel in downtown Cleveland (216-771-7700) and Crowne Plaza at Playhouse Square (216-615-7500). Other hotels within walking distance include the Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt, The Drury, Holiday Inn Express and many others.

What activities are at the festival for kids?

JazzFest features the U.S. Bank Kids Club for youngsters that includes arts and crafts, face painting, jazz performances with world-class artists and much more. There are also games and activities for older kids and adults on the plaza.

How can I receive updates about the festival?

You can sign up for the JazzFest app or join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. To sign up for year-round JazzFest emails, join our email list here.

How can I volunteer at the festival?

Sign up and become a volunteer for the festival by calling Kendra Willis at 216-987-4214 or email at kendra.willis@tri-c.edu

Can I take pictures at the concerts?

Yes, pictures are permitted for indoor and outdoor shows (artist-pending). We ask that you do not use flash photography or get out of your seat to take a photo. Only certified media personnel are permittd to shoot photography form the aisles. 

Is there first aid or medical on site?

Yes, there is a first aid tent outdoors indicated on the festival map as well as police and security throughout the festival. For major emergencies, you should call 911.

 

Contact Information

Director
Terri Pontremoli
216-987-0241
terri.pontremoli@tri-c.edu

Associate Director/Project Manager & Community and Education Contact
Orlando Watson
216-987-4193
orlando.watson@tri-c.edu

Marketing Communications Manager (publicity contact)
Madeline Shepherd
216-987-4616
madeline.shepherd@tri-c.edu

Volunteer Coordinator
Kendra Willis 
216-987-4214
kendra.willis@tri-c.edu